Easy Fruit Loaf

Written by  //  February 27, 2015  //  Cakes and Biscuits, Recipes  //  6 Comments

Fruit Cake

I am on a mission to tidy up all the cupboards in my house including the ones in the kitchen so when I found I had a collection of half full packets of dried fruit I remembered that I had bookmarked this recipe.  I have made it a few times now but it is different each time as I make up the amount of fruit according to what needs to be used first.  This version had dried mango, sultanas, dates,  raisins and some dried cranberries.  This afternoon I unearthed a little bag of freeze dried raspberries so they will be in the next cake, and there will be a next one as it is very easy and quick to make.  It also keeps well.

Easy Fruit Loaf
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Recipe type: Cake
Cuisine: British
Serves: 8 slices
  • 350g dried fruit, chopped if the fruit is large like dates
  • 200g soft light brown sugar
  • 300ml hot tea make with 2 tea bags
  • 275g self raising flour
  • zest of a lemon
  • 1 large egg beaten
  1. Put the dried fruit and sugar into a large bowl and pour over the hot tea, stir to dissolve the sugar
  2. Leave to soak overnight
  3. Beat in the egg and lemon zest
  4. Add the flour a little at a time so that it gets mixed in properly
  5. Pour into a 2lb loaf tin that you have lined with greaseproof paper, or if you are lazy like me use a loaf liner.
  6. Preheat the oven to 150C or 130C if you have a fan oven or Gas 2
  7. Bake for 1½ hours till the cake is well risen and a skewer inserted comes out clean.
  8. Leave the cake in the tin for ten minutes then turn out onto a wire rack to cool
  9. Serve sliced with or without butter.


6 Comments on "Easy Fruit Loaf"

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    Anne February 28, 2015 at 00:52 · Reply

    Sounds like one I mad years ago x

    • marietait34
      marietait34 March 2, 2015 at 10:43 · Reply

      I think we all made something like it years ago but sometimes the old ones are the good ones.

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    Lisa February 28, 2015 at 09:39 · Reply

    Looks yummy, slices are too thin though x

    • marietait34
      marietait34 March 2, 2015 at 10:43 · Reply

      When you visit I’ll cut you a thicker slice and maybe I’ll butter it for you.

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    Jane March 2, 2015 at 09:30 · Reply

    Great photo Marie. Try underexposing slightly next time maybe and add a napkin / knife for some texture. But love it. 🙂 Will pass the recipe on to Nic.

    • marietait34
      marietait34 March 2, 2015 at 10:45 · Reply

      Thanks Jane. When I chose black work surfaces I wasn’t thinking about taking food pictures! White would be so much easier.

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